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Exeter E4 Strategic Cycle Route

Devon County Council is designing and constructing the E4 cycle route, connecting Redhayes Bridge to the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus.


In 2017, Devon County Council (DCC) started work on the design and construction of a 5km high quality cycle route (E4 route) connecting Redhayes Bridge (Monkerton) to the University’s Streatham Campus and the City Centre.

The design of this cycle route is ambitious and aims to provide segregated facilities, separating cyclists, pedestrians and vehicular traffic where possible. When complete, the route will link residents in the East of Exeter with Exeter parks, leisure centres, schools, supermarkets, Exeter Arena, Exeter University and the city centre.

The first two miles of the E4 route will be completed in the summer of 2020. Phase one of the route along Cumberland Way included the construction of a two-way segregated cycle path, with separate pedestrian facilities and a kerbed buffer island, protecting cyclists from passing vehicles. Priority cyclist and pedestrian crossings have been included allowing cyclists and pedestrians right of way across side roads. Through Exeter’s parks – Bettysmead Playing Fields and Exhibition Fields- improvements have been made including path widening and the removal of some obstacles. A cycle and pedestrian bridge across Summer Lane will be in place by the summer of 2020, as well as improved facilities along Pinhoe Road and Exhibition Way. Work is ongoing for the last section of the route to the University and City Centre.

Two additional strategic cycle routes, the E3 route (linking Monkerton, Whipton Barton, Heavitree, Newtown and the city centre) and E9 (Newcourt to St Leonard’s and the city centre) are currently being progressed. These high-quality routes will provide links between growing residential areas and new and existing employment sites, allowing improved cycle access to the city centre.

The emerging Exeter Transport Strategy outlines the aim of “50% of work trips originating in Exeter to be made on foot or cycle”. For Exeter to meet this goal, alongside the strategic cycle routes noted above a number of enhancements to the city will also be required, including:

  • Comprehensive citywide cycle network linking all key destinations, delivering safe routes that can be enjoyed by all.
  • Enhance key pedestrian corridors, including new river and main road crossings and improved access to transport interchanges.
  • Improved access to cycle, including city-wide bike hire scheme and greater access to storage facilities.
  • Modal filters on residential streets to remove through traffic and create quieter and safer environments for pedestrians and cyclists.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said:


“This cycle route will provide cyclists with a high quality, direct route, which will be segregated from traffic where possible. When complete it will act as a showcase cycle route to attract further funding.”


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